We're all stuck at home and claustrophobic during uncertain times, so many creative people are using this time to create new and interesting works inspired by what's going on in the world. Filmmaker Rob Savage and a team of talented actors and creators have created a new horror film called Host, which takes place over a Zoom meeting. The genesis of the film comes from a prank that Savage played on his friends, where he pretended that he had heard a strange voice in the attic during a Zoom call and went to investigate it, while splicing in a scary scene from the horror film [REC] to freak out his friends.
The video wound up going viral and horror streaming service Shudder took notice.
“We saw a short horror film Rob shot during quarantine that went viral, and we immediately asked if he had an idea for a full-length feature,” Craig Engler, Shudder’s General Manager, shared in a statement. “What he and his team created in Host surpassed all our expectations — it’s a great horror film that cleverly uses the idea of a Zoom séance to fashion a story that’s uniquely realistic and terrifying, with jaw-dropping stunts done entirely by the actors.”
“I’m a certified Shudder obsessive,” Savage added. “When lockdown began, I spent weeks bingeing everything on Shudder, so to find myself premiering a new film on the platform only a few months later is incredible. Shudder understood the potential of this mad little film from day one and totally supported us making it in our own way. It was such a rewarding process and the final product is something we're all so proud of. I hope this is the first of many collaborations!”
From the official synopsis:
Host is the story of six friends who hire a medium to hold a séance over Zoom during lockdown, but they get far more than they bargain for as things quickly go wrong. When an evil spirit starts invading their homes, they begin to realize they might not survive the night.
The film stars Haley Bishop (Deep State), Radina Drandova (Dawn of the Deaf), Edward Linard (The Rebels), Jemma Moore (Doom: Annihilation), Caroline Ward (Stalling It) and Emma Louise Webb (The Crown), who also operated their own cameras, helped pull off their own practical effects, and lit their own scenes. Due to social distancing precautions, Savage never set foot in the same room as his actors at any point during production and instead directed them remotely.